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SHORTER NOTES
AN EMENDATION IN PORPHYRY'S C O M M E N T A R Y ON
PTOLEMY'S HARMONICS

Se ; ,
? Ae'yetv - ,
TJV ,, Trepl , epts
So far am I from rejectmg the use of what has been well stated by others, that I would wish that
everyone said the same thmgs about the same thmgs and, s Socrates puts it, in the same words,
and then there would be no undisputed quarrelhng among men about the matters at hand
Porph , m Harm p 53-6 Durmg
There are two allusions here, the first to Plato, Symposium 221 s, the second
(unnoticed by previous editors of Porphyry) to Eunpides, Phoemssae 499-500 et
' , / \ epis 1 There IS also
one negation too many, for Porphyry's pomt is that his approach would ehmmate
scholarly squabblmg rather than rendermg it 'undisputed' The repetition of the
letters av at the beginnmg of the final clause pomts the way to a solution
ought to be read for \ What is less clear is where we ought to put av,
which m prose is routmely second word in its clause and regularly follows initial
negative 2 If Porphyry quoted Phoemssae accurately, the fact that m the Eunpidean
hne v appears m third position m its clause might have led a copyist who thought
m terms of prose order to transform the letters into a pnvative prefix before
, after which a second copyist or corrector will have added after
Since Porphyry has adapted the verse m other ways, by placmg a definite article
before and addmg -, however, it seems more hkely
that he put the hne m prose order himself by wntmg . , and that
a scnbe familir with Eunpides subsequently ' corrected' the text by addmg a second
av (later attached to ) after the verb 3
Center for Hellemc Studies, Washington DC

S DOUGLAS OLSON
INEKE SLUITER

In commentanes on technical subjects, the prologue tends to be the place for hterary
adornment For the citation of E Ph 499-500 m a similar context, cf Gal, De pulsuum
differentus 8 636f Khn There may also be an allusion to the passage at Longm 7 4
2
Cf Jacob Wackernagel, Kieme Schriften I (Gottingen, 1955), 45-70, Eduard Fraenkel,
Kieme
Beitrage zur Klassischen Philologie (Rome, 1964), 93-122
3
For this phenomenon elsewhere, see W S Barrett (ed), Eunpides Hippolytus (Oxford,
1964), 429-30 Thanks are due an anonymous referee, whose careful comments greatly
improved this paper

CORRECTION
In the article by D L Cairns, "Off with her " Herodotus l 8 3-4', CQ 46 l
(May 1996), 78-83, a mistake was made in the setting of the opening sentence please
read 'contnve', not 'contnved'